Monday, August 28, 2006

PREPARATION (H)ockey

With training camp just weeks away and the first of the hockey pool mags coming out, it's high time to start gathering info for the upcoming season. Here's a breakdown of expected battles for positions on each team, found on CKNW's site. This year is shaping up to be an interesting year for poolies with so many young players expected to crack starting lineups, RFA holdouts and some decent UFA's not signed yet. Personally, I think the under achievers from last season will be the desiding factor in many pools, as they may go under the radar in the first couple rounds, with the likes of Malkin and other young phenom's taking the limelight.

Having taken St Louis third over all and Zanstorm taking Naslund fourth in our pool last year, I'm sure we'll both be looking for our own comeback seasons.

43 Comments:

At August 28, 2006 at 9:58 AM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Ouch. Are you guys going to post some "bad ideas", both when it comes to hockey pool early picks and to Texas Hold 'em opening hands?

 
At August 28, 2006 at 10:46 AM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Those are great ideas! Shut up man!

 
At August 28, 2006 at 10:57 AM , Blogger Hodge said...

I'm going with the "Nonis" bargain bin theory this year.
Bobby Holik.....bounce back year.lol

 
At August 28, 2006 at 12:04 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

"bad ideas"

C'mon Earl! Grow a set! Make some predictions, will ya?

 
At August 28, 2006 at 12:06 PM , Blogger Hodge said...

I'm predicting Earl starts making predictions. lol

 
At August 28, 2006 at 12:39 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Sounds like a promising drinky post to me.

 
At August 28, 2006 at 1:31 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

As far as predictions go, you got to keep it semi-serious and cover your tracks for when you're wrong.
When I say that the Ducks will finish first in the West and I'm wrong, I'll blame it on Captain Morgan's! :)

 
At August 28, 2006 at 2:00 PM , Blogger reality check said...

You can blame just about everything on Captain Morgans and it will fly!

I'm picking first...I take Sid the Kid!

 
At August 28, 2006 at 2:24 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Good, cuz I'll take Thornton!

 
At August 28, 2006 at 2:44 PM , Blogger reality check said...

Not a bad pick, over to you Hodge...Naslund's all yours!

 
At August 28, 2006 at 3:12 PM , Blogger Hodge said...

I'll take Spezza. Naslunds gonna be there for me in the fourth round.

 
At August 28, 2006 at 3:12 PM , Blogger Hodge said...

Your pick Earl......Take a Duck, so we can laugh. lol

 
At August 28, 2006 at 3:58 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Hmmm, is Sammy Pahlsson still available?

OVECHKIN, BABY!

 
At August 28, 2006 at 4:09 PM , Blogger Hodge said...

Tapeleg has 10 minutes to pick or I'm picking for him. Can't remember, but I think he was talking Eric Lindros....

 
At August 28, 2006 at 5:51 PM , Anonymous Beaner said...

I'm taking Kovalchuck then boys.

 
At August 28, 2006 at 6:14 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

Heatley better be the next pick, or else something is seriously wrong here, folks.

 
At August 28, 2006 at 9:17 PM , Blogger zanstorm said...

he's yours, man!

 
At August 28, 2006 at 9:18 PM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

Hodge - You suck. You pick Lindros for me and I'll pick Keith Primeau for you .

I'm taking Alex O. Sleek will just have to give him up. I have been working the long hours this week. Work gets in the way of blogging too much. If not, I will question his allegience to the Ducks, and take Malkin. So there. I plan to have a plan after tomorrow.

 
At August 28, 2006 at 10:08 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

(Hint on beating Sleek in a fantasy pool: if you draft Teemu Selanne, eventually Sleek will trade Ovechkin to you.)

 
At August 28, 2006 at 10:44 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Nice! I'll pick Selanne just before YOU do!

 
At August 28, 2006 at 10:48 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

I'll pick Dan Hamhuis as my first defenseman pick... he's going to sign with Detroit any minute now!

 
At August 29, 2006 at 3:00 AM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

I'll take Niedermayer as my first D-man.

It's 4:00am here. I hate being up this early.

 
At August 29, 2006 at 6:08 AM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

tsk, tsk. Pronger is the guy to have. He'll be my new buddy in the penalty box now that Ruslan and Vitaly moved away.

 
At August 29, 2006 at 9:58 AM , Blogger Hodge said...

My Pick. I don't care if I'm out of turn. I'm taking Gaborik, cuz one of these years he's going to play 80 games and not let me down, like every other year I've taken him.

 
At August 29, 2006 at 10:26 AM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

For a D-man, I'll take Nik Lidstrom of course!

 
At August 29, 2006 at 10:58 AM , Blogger -Beaner- said...

Is it my turn? Do I have to take a D-man?

 
At August 29, 2006 at 11:07 AM , Blogger -Beaner- said...

Ok then, for my D-Man I'm taking Joni Pitkanen.....

 
At August 29, 2006 at 11:12 AM , Blogger Hodge said...

My pick already??. Ok, I'm taking Zubov for my D man, Radulov for my Rookie and ROBERTO THE LONGO for my Goalie. Phew, I'm done. I can now sit back and relax.

 
At August 29, 2006 at 11:34 AM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

A rookie...Malkin for me, and for a goalie I'll take Marty Brodeur

 
At August 29, 2006 at 12:14 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Penner still counts as a rookie, right?

Giguere still counts as a goalie, right?

See? I lost this league already.

 
At August 29, 2006 at 12:34 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Ah Earl, don't pick with your heart, pick with your mind!

 
At August 29, 2006 at 12:55 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Oh, it's so difficult when publications tell you that your team will be #1.

Penner--there could be a good case for him. Not many rookies will have 9 NHL playoff points already when coming into the league, and he's got a shot to be first line LW with McD and Teemu.

Giguere--if we are to be in first place, somebody's gotta get the wins. And last I looked, a Mr. Ilja has no contract.

They're justifiable, to a degree.

 
At August 29, 2006 at 1:46 PM , Blogger Hodge said...

I don't think Giggy's ever gonna bounce back from his "Hero to Zero" label.


He's got about as much confidence as a queer hairdresser would picking fights in a redneck bar.

 
At August 29, 2006 at 2:59 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

I thought he already was bounced back.

One of fifteen goalies to get to 30 wins last year.

2.66 GAA was 12th among goalies.

.911 Sv% was 11th among goalies.

Nothing wrong with those numbers for Jiggy.

(Breezy had a slightly better GAA with a slightly worse Sv%)

 
At August 29, 2006 at 3:09 PM , Anonymous Beaner said...

Ahhhh Crap, I'm taking Miller, Biron, and Ward for my goalie pick.


I'm also forfeiting my rights to a rookie and taking Spezza instead, no questions asked.


P.S. Zanstorm, can't you read? Malkin is already off the market via Tapeleg...dumbass.....

 
At August 29, 2006 at 3:21 PM , Blogger Hodge said...

I'm also forfeiting my rights to a rookie and taking Spezza instead, no questions asked.

Spezza's already taken too.....dumbass. roflmao. It was my first pick. Take "Crusty the Clown".

 
At August 29, 2006 at 3:31 PM , Anonymous Beaner said...

ahhh crap.....you're supposed to be on my side Hodge, thanks, smartass.

I'll take Heatley if he's not taken over Crusty.

 
At August 29, 2006 at 3:45 PM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

Via email from work this morning, I'm taking Jow Sakic. At least he will give me 80 solid games without dogging it.

Work sucked, but is over. Now I am off to the bar to look for my next pick.

 
At August 29, 2006 at 4:45 PM , Blogger Hodge said...

Well if you're taking Jow Sakic, I'm taking JOE Sakic. Sure you weren't at the bar then made your pick???

 
At August 29, 2006 at 5:12 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

He meant Jow Sakic of the 1967 Mississauga Giants.

 
At August 29, 2006 at 6:25 PM , Blogger Hodge said...

You gotta be fuckin kidding me. I went to school with a guy named Jow. He was attacked and killed by a cougar back in 1995 in Prince George.

 
At August 30, 2006 at 12:13 AM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

Do you have Prince George in a can? Well, you better let him out, or he's going to get attacked by a cougar.

 
At August 30, 2006 at 1:19 PM , Blogger Hodge said...

See Earl, told you there was a comeback to my post!!!! You must try harder young jedi.

 

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